The Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT) recently announced the winners of the ‘European Wildlife Photographer of the Year' competition they carry out every year, and we're super excited to share them with you. This year’s voting process was somewhat different, as the COVID-19 pandemic made the judges select the most distinguished pieces online instead of the typical official ceremony. Still, the votes are in, and of the 5.000 entries collected across 7 categories, this year’s winner is a photo of a surprised hare in a field by the German photographer Peter Lindel. Admire this and 17 other astonishing finalists and winners of this competition below.
1. Overall Winner, Mammals: “A hare's dream” by Peter Lindel
Artist's Comment: A European hare in the north of Dortmund, Germany.
2. 5th Place, Landscapes: “Yukon Gold Rush” by Axel Gomeringer
Artist's Comment: Tombstone Territorial Park.
3. 3rd Place, Other Animals: “School of mackerel” by Henry Jager
Artist's Comment: School of mackerel, Cocos Island.
4. 4th Place, Other Animals: "Toad King" by Kevin Prönnecke
5. Winner, Special Category - Water: “The Play of Water” by Britta Strack
Artist's Comment: Hraunfossar, Iceland.
6. Winner, Birds: “Take Off” by Flurin Leugger
Artist's Comment: Coyote panics geese.
7. 5th Place, Mammals: "Eyelashes" by Herman Hirsch
8. 6th Place, Landscapes: "Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Eruption" by Kerstin Langenberger
9. 8th Place, Plants, And Fungi: "Raso De La Bruma" by Stefan Pütz-Cordes
10. 7th Place, Mammals: "Close-Up" by Dr. Siegmar Bergfeld
11. Winner, Nature’s Studio: “Flooded with light” by Jan Piecha
Artist's Comment: Blackbird, North Hesse.
12. 4th Place, Birds: “Ducks” by Christoph Kaula
Artist's Comment: Tufted ducks and pochards.
13. 4th Place, Landscapes: "Into The Sea" by Uwe Hasubek
14. 4th Place, Nature's Studio: "Stargazer" by Christian Wappl
15. 2nd Place, Landscapes: “Masai Mara sky” by Jose Fragozo
16. Winner, Plants and Fungi: “New life in a dead forest” by Radomir Jakubowski
Artist's Comment: Dead forest, Bavaria.
17. 4th Place, Mammals: “Curious glances” by Jan Piecha
Artist's Comment: Raccoons, North Hesse.
18. Winner, Other Animals: “Danger in the mud” by Jens Cullmann
Artist's Comment: A crocodile in a drying pool.